By Reece Ristau, Omaha World-Herald
On Thursday, two years after construction began, a portion of the data center officially came online, connecting Papillion with Facebook’s network of similar centers that allow 2.38 billion monthly active users to share photos with friends, post life updates and stay connected from thousands of miles apart.
Facebook also is investing in Nebraska’s alternative energy sources. Committed to using 100% renewable energy to power its data centers, the company is buying wind power from the Omaha Public Power District, which in turn is purchasing it from the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Project in Dixon County, about two hours north of Omaha. Read more here.
Enel Green Power’s Photo of the Rattlesnake Creek Wind Farm in Dixon County, Nebraska
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING & VIEWING
- Facebook formally launches Papillion data center, unveils STEM initiative, WOWT
- RE100: Facebook and Adobe are among 179 companies that have made a commitment to go ‘100% renewable’. An increasing number of them are also encouraging their suppliers to adopt the same goal.
- Dixon County wind farm providing boost to area economy, Norfolk Daily News
According to Imanol San Martin, director of wind operations and maintenance of Enel Green Power North America, “the farm will generate over $85 million in taxes and lease payments in the area and will employ 20 permanent positions at the site.”
- Previously Posted: The Rattlesnake Creek Wind Farm Paves the Way for Renewable Energy, Enel Green Power News Release
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